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VNA training

Become fully licensed to operate

All our VNA training courses contain theory lessons in a classroom and practical work using the very narrow aisle truck. These courses follow the Health and Safety commission's Approved Code of Practice and guidance. Meaning you, as an employer, meet your legal obligations to make sure all VNA drivers receive adequate training.

At South Coast Forklift Training, we understand that everyone prefers a different learning style. Therefore, our courses use a variety of techniques to suit all learners. We use forklift models, videos, powerpoints, worksheets and handouts to keep everyone interested. Each lesson is then finished with some questions to ensure all information is understood.

The theory work builds gradually allowing time to absorb the information, before moving to the next stage. Practical lessons are demonstrated, then trainees are given adequate time to practise under close supervision.

Each course culminates with three stages of testing:

  • A theory test – consisting of 25 questions
  • Pre-use inspection test
  • Practical skills test involving various manoeuvres completed in a safe manner
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The very narrow aisle lift truck

Fast stock rotation

A very narrow aisle lift truck or forklift truck, often shortened to just VNA, is a modern take on the traditional forklift truck. They are exceptional at palletised stock rotation in narrow aisles.

VNA's are guided by either rails or a wire buried in the warehouse floor. This means they are able to work in aisles with only a few centimetres clearance either side of the truck. Extras include warehouse navigation, positioning aids and cameras. Picking orders are sent to the machine via radio data. 

Their rated capacity is around 1 - 1.6 tonnes with some models able to lift more than 15 metres high.

To run a VNA truck requires huge batteries. These batteries can comfortably run for a double shift before needing to be charged. Charging is from a separate charging cabinet.

Many of these trucks have moved from traditional lead-acid batteries to lithium-ion technology. These modern batteries charge faster, require zero maintenance and do not emit harmful gases when charging.

VNA TRAINING FROM A COMPANY THAT CARES


VNA (Operator Up) Course Specifications

VNA training
Very narrow aisle (operator up) truck

Machine:
Very Narrow Aisle (Operator Up)

Category:
F1

Specification:
Operator Up

Accrediting Body:
Independent Training Standards Scheme & Register (ITSSAR)

Ratio:
3 : 1 : 1 (3 operators, 1 instructor, 1 machine)

Duration:
Novice - 1 operator = 3 days, 2 operators = 4 days, 3 operators = 5 days
Experienced - 1 operator = 2 days, 2 operators = 2 days, 3 operators = 3 days
Safety Refresher - 1 operator = 1 day, 2 operators = 1 day, 3 operators = 1 day
Conversion - contact us

Cost:
Contact us

COURSES DESIGNED TO DELIVER RESULTS


VNA Course Breakdown

The following list is the elements that make up a novice very narrow aisle (operator up) course. For experienced operators, safety refresher and conversion courses the list would be shorter.

  • Course induction
  • The need and reasons to training and statutory requirements (HASAWA 1974 etc.)
  • Introduction to equipment/control familiarisation/ principles of operation
  • Identification/use/adjustment of attachments in pre-determined positions including forks
  • Recommended mount and dismount
  • Introduction to motive, steering controls and practice
  • Basic steering exercises – simple courses
  • Advanced steering exercises – figure of 8/chicane/90° approaches
  • Battery charging procedures/maintenance
  • Operator safety code and relevant handout
  • Daily pre-use inspections
  • Engineering principles/rated capacity/stability
  • Simple hydraulics (theory)
  • Introduction to hydraulic controls, handling empty pallets low level
  • Load types/handling and weight assessment
  • Stacking/de-stacking at low; eye and high level on industrial racking*
  • Stacking/destacking at low; eye and high level bulk stacks*
  • Stacking/destacking at low; eye and high level cup post pallets*
  • Manoeuvring with loads/ramps and inclines/handling awkward loads*
  • Relevant safety film
  • Vehicle loading and unloading (theory)*
  • Vehicle loading and unloading (practical)*
  • Multi choice theory test
  • Pre-use inspection test
  • Practical skills test

* To be covered where relevant to operation or facilities permit


WHATEVER YOUR LEVEL WE HAVE YOU COVERED

4 levels of VNA training

Accredited very narrow aisle truck training

All courses are ITSSAR accredited and therefore recognised throughtout your industry.

novice forklift training
Novice VNA training

For trainees with little or no previous experience operating a VNA truck.

experienced forklift training
Experienced VNA training

Where candidates have relevant, recent experience but, have not received any kind of approved training.

refresher forklift training
VNA refresher training

Periodic refresher training is for experienced operators who hold an accredited certificate.

conversion forklift training
VNA conversion training

Where operators already hold a VNA truck certificate and wish to qualify on a similar vehicle.


Delivering the best for your buisiness

Our courses are designed to achieve results

On-site VNA truck courses

Every VNA course we deliver is carried out on our customer’s premises. This gives trainees the advantage of being trained and tested on a machine that is already known to them. Therefore, eliminating the need for them to re-learn on another truck after initial training. On successful completion of this very narrow aisle course, operators will know how to use these machines safely and efficiently.

We are happy to offer bespoke training programmes to meet your individual business’ requirements. We will always work around your needs and environment, to cause minimal disruption.

On-Site Forklift Courses
Facilities Required

Facilities required

Firstly, and most importantly we need the use of your very narrow aisle (operator up) truck. Also, an area where we will not be disturbed, with ample space to carry out basic manoeuvres and testing. Pallets and realistic loads appropriate to your business are useful - the instructor will bring a selection of traffic cones. For the theory lessons, we need sufficient space for the instructor and the trainees to work. A small office with a table, chairs and power will suffice.

All forklift operators are required to wear safety boots and any other personal protective equipment as per the company's internal risk assessments. We supply hi-visibility vests.

If unsure about any of the above, contact us to discuss.

VNA licence certificates

On completion of this very narrow aisle training, drivers are fully licensed to operate this category of truck. The qualification is nationally recognised and accepted throughout the industry.

You will also receive the following:

  • An A4 ITSSAR approved VNA certificate of basic training*
  • A plastic photo identification card*
  • A written assessment of strengths and weaknesses*

Additionally, operators are entered or edited on to ITSSAR’s TOPS (Trained Operator Passport Scheme) database for future reference. 

*There is no additional charge for these

Forklift Licence Certificate

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No wonder our clients keep coming back

Feedback from our trainees

It was very informative, yet relaxed course.

AS, Fareham, Hampshire

Clear and concise training.

CN, Verwood, Hampshire

Clinton was engaging and instructive.

BS, Wimborne, Dorset

How many forklift categories are there?

There are currently over 50 industrial fork truck groups. To use any of the lift trucks in these groups an operator must be trained, test and authorised (by their employer).